Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Theatre and Dance


College of Arts and Sciences

First Advisor

Nic Ularu


“…Allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster… Strangely enough, it all turns out well… I don’t know. It’s a mystery” -Tom Stoppard

I embraced this quote a long while ago in a moment of disgust and defeat while working through a flawed process of making theatre. Everything takes too long to complete, nothing works right the first time if ever at all, and ultimately the entire process is a maddening mess. It seems to me that the study and practice of the trade can work to make problem solving and development a more streamlined process, but the art that is worth pursuing is never easy. What follows here is a documentation of my process through three different opportunities to produce designs for the University of South Carolina’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and my progress in attempting to avoid the obstacles ahead.


© 2017, William Baxter Engle III